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Monday, 18 December 2017

COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE ON THE PREDICAMENT OF TWO FAMILY WRITERS JOURNALISTS ABDUCTED BY NIGERIA SECURITY AGENTS

COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE ON THE PREDICAMENT OF TWO FAMILY WRITERS JOURNALISTS ABDUCTED BY NIGERIA SECURITY AGENTS

OVER ONE MONTH OF INCARCERATION AND DEADLY TORTURES

25year old Egwuatu Chuks and 30year old Prince Dan are yet to be seen after their abduction by officials of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu over one month ago.  The two renowned Family Writers Press correspondents were illegally arrested while respectively performing their official journalistic  duties during a local government/council elections held across Enugu state on Saturday November 4, 2017. They have been incarcerated ever since, with unconfirmed sources revealing that the journalists are undergoing all manner of inhuman treatments and tortures.


HOW IT HAPPENED

Mr Egwuatu Chuks and Mr Prince Dan were the two professional journalists assigned by Family Writers Press to feed our situation room with the live coverage of the election proceedings from Enugu state on the aforementioned date.

The two correspondents established a favourable contact with the situation room of Family Writers Press until about 9:00am , when  the situation room lost connection with Mazi Egwuatu Chuks, and about 12noon when through a phone call from Assistant Chief-Editor of Family Writers, we discovered that the situation room is no more linked with Mazi Prince Dan.

Every frantic efforts by Family Writers Press to reestablish contacts with the missing journalists failed, because their telephone communication lines were surprisingly switched off.
However, a day after, it was really a disturbing sight to see pictures of the two Family Writers correspondents conveyed in a van belonging to the Nigeria Police Force, and in company of officials suspected to be members of Special Anti Robbery Squad(SARS).

It is equally very pathetic that the pictures of Mr Egwuatu Chuks and Prince Dan circulated by various questionable Nigeria online and print media platforms, had it that the journalists masterminded a mysterious bomb blast which reportedly occurred amid the  elections in one of the local governments of Enugu state.
Nevertheless, it is very obvious that the spurious allegations against the two incarcerated journalists are all false and unsubstantial.

It should be noted that, it was Mazi Egwuatu Chuks who reported the bomb scare at Coal Camp of Enugu to the situation room of Family Writers, with pictorial evidences from the locus in quo at the crime scene. However, few minutes after the report concerning the bomb blast, he was abruptly disconnected, as the situation room could no longer get in touch with him.

In the case of Prince Dan who came from Igweocha(Port-Harcourt) to cover the election proceedings for Family Writers Press; the situation room noticed that something may be seriously wrong with him when an unanswered call was placed to his phone from the desk of Family Writers Press, following a report that the police in Enugu arrested a person who looked exactly like him.
Further investigations carried out by Family Writers Press at the  locations of these incidents has also confirmed that the two journalists were actually arrested, thoroughly beaten and driven to an unknown destination by a team of heavily armed Police operatives.


YET TO BE FOUND

Sadly, the whereabouts and safety of Egwuatu Chuks and Prince Dan is yet to be ascertained as the obscure disposition and modus operandi of the Police Division in Enugu state, has frustrated the persistent moves of Family Writers Press and the legal team of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), to get the journalists released unconditionally or charged to court. Even a visit by Family Writers Press to Enugu state CID proved abortive as the Police officials informed our investigator that the journalists in question are not in their custody, neither do they have any case file relating to them.



FEARS AND TROUBLING QUESTIONS

A reliable source has alleged that Egwuatu Chuks and Prince Dan were flown to Abuja few days after their abduction, and are possibly in one of the detention centres of Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS). This has actually inflamed the fears and troubling question on whether two of the most brilliant, sincere and fearless correspondents of Family Writers Press are still alive, or if they  have been extrajudicially murdered in cold blood by Nigeria security agents, whose records of gross human rights abuses and suppression of Press freedom have been quite alarming in recent times.

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